Charlotte Pier

Gray day on the water. In the distance, a pier stretches off to a lighthouse, with a few people braving the weather.The Lens Artist photo challenge this week comes from Ann-Christine, who gives us the prompt “Dreamy.” I immediately thought of an image I took a month or so ago at the mouth of the Genesee River in Rochester, NY. It was wet and gray that day, and few people were walking out to the light at the end of the Charlotte pier. It feels to me like a dream indeed. Not necessarily a happy one.

Posted in response to the Lens Artist Photo Challenge #55: Dreamy

Berries in the Rain

Bright red berries among green leaves, each berry with a drop of rain File this under “Why did this take me so long?!” I just discovered Lens Artists, a weekly photo challenge created a year ago specifically to fill the void left when WordPress closed its photo challenge. This week I’m offering a picture from my back yard, showing a closeup of some bright red berries after the rain had passed. I love the detail of every berry carrying its own tiny drop.

Posted in response to the Lens Artist Photo Challenge #54: Detail


WW Photo Challenge: Rain Over the River

R is for Rain Over the River

Okay, this isn’t actually a river. It’s Black River Bay, where the Black River empties into Lake Ontario. Close enough, though to illustrate the letter R. It wasn’t raining where we were, in Sackets Harbor, but on the other side of the bay rain was coming down. I got this nice image of the dramatic sky, complete with a wheeling seagull. Very atmospheric (literally!).

Personally, I love rain. Of course there can be too much of it, like there was last summer when Lake Ontario swelled to dangerous levels, not to mention the catastrophic floods people have experienced in some places. Still, a steady rain can be soothing. Especially when it’s not falling directly on me.

How about you? What do you think about rain?

You can join in on the photo challenge! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter R. Rabbits, rutabagas, roses, or rings–anything works.  Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
  • Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
  • Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.

Here’s another lovely custom book cover by Olga Godim, this time featuring roses (for the letter R). Check it out here.

*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!

Rain on the Roof

This is the view looking up through the cabin hatch cover on our sailboat during the rain. I was intrigued by the monochrome texture of the drops pooling on the thick glass. Looking at it now, it calls up the cozy feeling of being in that small space with water in all directions, but dry and warm inside.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Liquid